Who I am

I’m a dreamer, procrastinator, homebody, chocoholic, bookworm and I like to sing very loudly in the car on my way to a wedding. My family is very important to me and so is my cat, Feivel (pronounced ‘fiv-el’). When I’m not photographing people, you will find me at home with a good book, having a ‘braai’ on my patio or enjoying a coffee with a friend. I am also a coffee addict, by the way.

Whenever I’m traveling for a destination wedding or my mom is visiting me, I always take her along as my assistant. She’s the best and we’ve made so many great memories traveling to weddings together!

My ultimate happy place on Earth is the Kruger Park and whenever time allows, I fly to my other home, Mpumalanga, to spend some time with my loved ones in the bushveld.

This is my 8th year as a wedding photographer and with each wedding I photograph I find myself growing ever fonder of this unique experience. Apart from having my own family, on a wedding I’m also warmly invited into the tight circle of another. They allow me to capture their unguarded moments and emotions and I witness them forming some of their most precious memories. It’s a privilege and a blessing I value greatly.

 

How I started photography

It starts back in 2008.

Fresh out of University with a BCom degree in my pocket I had my sights set on some type of corporate job in Joburg.

Fortunately I couldn’t find anything so I moved back home to the small town where I was born and had lived most of my life. Middelburg, Mpumalanga.

I immediately found a job at the local newspaper as a journalist. I had always loved writing and being creative and I thought this would be a good starting point until I figured out what job I would like to do for the rest of my life.

I spent that year driving between the local high school rugby event and photographing a horrible accident scene on the N4.  After exactly one year I bid the newspaper farewell and went to work in our family business which we’ve had since before I was born. For two years I built and engraved trophies with one hand and hungrily devoured every single wedding photography blog I could find with the other.

The newspaper team had given me a camera and with it I photographed my first wedding for a family member on Valentines day 2009. The year after that I photographed 4 weddings, which included my sister’s.

One of my biggest idols at the time blogged that he was going to hold his first workshop in Cape Town. By October 2010 I withdrew every last cent I had saved and flew to Cape Town to attend it. That same weekend I assisted him at one of his weddings at Vrede & Lust. I was hooked. I couldn’t believe how different Cape Town weddings were to the small traditional things they threw together back home.

On the airplane on my way back I prayed. A lot.  This was what I wanted to do. Document People… Life… Emotions.

Two months later, in December 2010, my mom and I drove with Goldie (my Toyota Taz) 1600km with all of my earthly possessions stuffed into the back. The rest really is history.

My life changed that day.

Portraits of me taken by Liesl le Roux & Debbie Lourens. Hair & makeup by Ida Webster.